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AOC, Climate Change, and Conservatism

Iesh Lal

Posted on February 7, 2019 14:54

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Green New Deal presents an ambitious vision for America's future, but she'll have to fight conservatism to reach her goals.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez released the outline for her Green New Deal Thursday and it's really quite something. In it, she and her co-sponsor, Sen. Ed Markey of Massachusetts, lay out an incredibly ambitious plan that will address climate change issues in part and vast economic concerns at large. 

Right away, I should mention that I am a huge fan of AOC. I think she is exactly what we need in Congress right now: a new set of eyes that understands that the concerns of young people (a large percentage of our population) are not limited to just our age group, but also past and future generations regardless of race, class or economic standing. In the distance, I just heard some Baby Boomer joking about how young peoples' concerns solely revolve around their phones and social media.

As with any revolutionary overhaul to the status quo, AOC is facing an uphill battle from many angles. Fox news was quick and giddy to point out that Nancy Pelosi threw some shade at her, and while AOC doesn't have every Democrat in Congress behind her, a large chunk have voiced their support, including several notable individuals.

Of course, Conservatives far and wide will voice their concerns: who's going to pay for this, how much will it cost, it was cold yesterday, so what is this even for?

I still don't understand how this is a debate. We've been hearing for years that 97% of scientists agree that this is an issue that needs to be addressed, but somehow the 3% who don't are to be taken more seriously? 

I actually came across an interesting (terrifying) study that tries to identify the reasons for Conservative skepticism when it comes to climate science. While its dated a few years, the results showed that, surprisingly (unfortunately), "the more Republicans know about science, the less likely they are to believe in climate change." It also suggests that Republicans take a more faith-based approach to understanding climate science and are more interested in making green than going green. 

I understand if you want to shoot down green environmental policies if you're a politician -- there can actually be profit in that -- but if you're the average, everyday Conservative, why wouldn't you want to at least try to conserve the resources and habitable aspects of the planet you're on?

AOC's plan is incredibly lofty, and while she doesn't have all the details figured out, it's a step in the right direction. If spending is a concern, there's money to be made in going green. I'd guess that, if we had started a green movement even 20 years ago, we'd be experiencing even more economic strides than we are while we're struggling to keep old energy afloat. It can create a competitive advantage over other nations, push for innovation, and create jobs. 

Both AOC and her plan represent America's future. Conservatives who want to MAGA by keeping workers in coal mines and building walls are setting us back.

Iesh Lal

Posted on February 7, 2019 14:54

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Source: Al Jazeera

Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Ed Markey lay out plan to fight climate change and create jobs.

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